“Children born to women undergoing cancer drug treatment show normal results in physical and mental development tests” The Guardian has reported.
The news is based on research that examined the health of 70 children who were exposed to chemotherapy in the womb during the final two-thirds of pregnancy. Between the ages of 18 months and 18 years of age the children were given examinations of their general health, brain and heart function and hearing. Their cognitive function, hearing, heart function, growth and development were all comparable with the general population. However, being born prematurely was associated with lower cognitive scores, leading the researchers to recommend against doctors inducing early delivery in women requiring chemotherapy. The researchers also say their results do not support delaying chemotherapy in pregnant women.